Sharon Kopyc is a licensed clinical social worker offering behavioral healthcare services to residents in Kentucky, New York and Pennsylvania. She specializes in trauma, women’s issues, addiction, mood disorders and stress management utilizing the EMDR, mindfulness-based (MBCT) and structural family therapy methods, to name a few.
Sharon became interested in behavioral health care while in undergraduate school when she was drawn to courses in psychology and sociology and always had a keen interest in listening to people and helping them sort out their problems. She was encouraged to pursue a career in behavioral health care when those who she helped would thank her for being so supportive!
Sharon prefers a person-centered approach to care where she views her patient as an expert in their own life. This allows her to work directly with her patient to help facilitate a path to a happier and satisfying life.
She is also an author having just published Writing Measurable Outcomes in Psychotherapy with Oxford University.
“The struggle you’re in today is the strength you need for tomorrow.”
Marsha Caraway is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed professional counselor offering services to adults in New York and Texas. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in relationship issues, anxiety disorders, depression and trauma. In her practice, Marsha’s philosophy of care is to get to know her patients. She believes the more “life” puzzle pieces that you have, the more the patients’ symptoms make sense.
Marsha’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed in college. She had an excellent professor who kept her spellbound when she shared her experiences from Bellevue Mental Hospital in New York City.
Marsha has worked on 15 different military installations. She loves to chop and stack wood and loves train rides.
“When life begins to drag you down, just do the hokey pokey.”
Dr. Rouzi Shengelia is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adults in California and New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, mood disorder, anxiety disorders and depression. In her practice, Dr. Shengelia believes that in order to feel fulfilled in life, one’s mind and body should be in harmony.
Dr. Shengelia’s interest in mental and behavioral health care came naturally with having always been fascinated by people’s minds.
Dr. Shengelia has traveled to Lapland, she loves spending time with friends and getting licensed as a clinician in the United States was a childhood dream of hers.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa
Jocelyn Martinez is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New Jersey and New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in family therapy, parenting, communication issues and dialectical behavioral therapy. In her practice, Jocelyn’s approach to care is client–centered and is eclectic to individuals’ needs. She helps individuals focus on their strengths and values to help empower them throughout treatment. Jocelyn utilizes CBT, DBT, structural family therapy, journal therapy and solution-focused therapy. She would describe herself as warm, caring and supportive. Furthermore, she believes therapy promotes healing and growth within individuals and families and hopes to be an effective tool in helping people through their journey of healing.
Jocelyn’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed naturally through her enjoyment in working with children. Through her studies, interactions, volunteer work and employment she recognized the value of becoming emotionally intelligent and wanted to empower, help and strengthen children and adults in need.
Jocelyn’s family and friends have said she is a philomath because she enjoys learning and studying. She hopes to pursue her Ph.D. in the near future. Jocelyn also enjoys journaling and has taken courses on it, and enjoys traveling to tropical places with her family.
“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou
Wendy Fiol is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in adolescent therapy, marriage and relationship counseling, mood disorders and women’s issues and health. In her practice, Wendy believes that everyone deserves and is entitled to happiness. She understands that everyone’s happiness may look different but believes that if a person can build a rapport of trust and security, then they can ultimately work through any issues to achieve their happiness.
Wendy’s interest in mental and behavioral health care began early on. At the age of 15, she decided that she wanted to become a social worker in order to help people. She would see how her school counselor would help her classmates and wanted to be able to do the same. As she researched and learned about a career in social work her passion grew, and she felt an added desire to reach individuals with especially complex struggles with their mental health. Wendy believes that her respectful, non-judgment approach and genuine concern and desire for each of her clients’ happiness and well–being is what allows her to help clients tackle some of their most oppressive and inhibiting obstacles.
Wendy loves dogs and believes in their therapeutic qualities. She loves home DIY renovation projects and rarely feels any project is too big to take on, which sometimes gets her into some precarious situations. Wendy is very proud of being a social worker; she loves the values and goals of the profession and shares her passion for her work with others.
“You can never judge someone until you‘ve walked in their shoes but since you can never truly walk in another person’s shoes, you can never judge them.”
Stephanie Nicolas is a licensed mental health counselor offering services to adults in New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in homebound/chronic illness, self-esteem, anxiety, life transitions, medical illness and disease management. In her practice, Stephanie’s approach to care is eclectic with a foundation in person-centered, goal-oriented, and strength-based perspectives. She provides strength-based, client-centered, acute crisis assessment, intervention, referral and counseling to assist clients to overcome their life challenges. She also encourages her clients to tell their stories and tap into their individual strengths.
Stephanie’s interest in mental and behavioral health care stems from her long-time interest in psychology, the mind and the brain. In college, she pursued medicine and thought that she was going to become a doctor. However, during her undergraduate years, she became severely depressed, and her grades suffered terribly to the point where she was at risk of expulsion. She decided to change her major and studied psychology instead. After graduation, she received her degree in counseling and has never looked back.
Stephanie is a quadriplegic and proud Haitian American. She enjoys collecting motivational quotes in her spare time and has published a children’s book. She’s the oldest of three and orange is her favorite color.
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung
Clinician Gender Identity: Female
Clinician Racial/Ethnic Identity: African American
Treatment Age Range: 18+
Gender Identity and Dysphoria
Marital and Premarital
Medical Illness/Disease Management
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)-focused
Rational Emotional Behavior (REBT)
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
Chris Rushton is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey and New York. He has a variety of clinical interests; however, he specializes in trauma and abuse, behavioral disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy and mood disorders. In his practice, Chris finds it important to consider an individual holistically in order to identify goals, priorities and challenges ahead.
Chris’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed further when he was a crisis counselor in New York City after 9/11. He then pursued and obtained a social work degree from Columbia University.
Chris is on two legal defense teams fighting to overturn wrongful convictions. He is married to a Brazilian, so his four kids speak Portuguese and English. Chris is originally from a small foreign country: New Jersey.
“Life keeps throwing me stones. And I keep finding the diamonds.” – Ana Claudia Antunes
Nena Forshee is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to child, adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. She specializes in anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and adolescent and early adulthood therapy. Nena’s philosophy of care is centered around the belief that the most important part of providing care is understanding where patients are in their mental health journey and meeting them at that point. She enjoys taking a collaborative approach with clients to determine how they will work together in meeting their set goals.
Nena’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare stems from her innate passion for helping others. She took a strong interest in mental health in high school which continued into college. She began working with children and adolescents in a residential program, where she became increasingly interested in diagnostic evaluations and different treatment models for therapy. Nena then went on to pursue her master’s in social work.
Last year Nena explored Europe visiting Ireland, France and England. She is extremely family oriented and her favorite place to be is on the beach listening to the ocean.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places…” – Ernest Hemingway
Mohammed Mazharuddin is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adult residents in New York. He has a vast array of clinical interests; however, his specializations are anxiety disorders, addiction, and men’s issues and health. In his practice, he believes in a holistic approach; integrating nutrition, exercise, supplements, and behavioral interventions to establish a comprehensive treatment plan along with traditional psychopharmacological interventions when necessary.
Mohammed’s interest in mental and behavioral health care started in college, where he minored in psychology. Taking cognitive and abnormal psychology helped shape his understanding of the human mind and carries this knowledge with him today.
Mohammed spent a portion of his medical school clinical rotations studying in England. He spent his residency working in a state mental hospital which gave him a unique professional experience. He enjoys hiking and has developed a keen interest in forest therapy.
“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Vanessa Farnsworth is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescent and adult residents in New York, New Jersey and Florida. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are relationship and couples counseling, family therapy, PTSD, LGBT issues, trauma and abuse, life transitions and life coaching. In her practice, her philosophy of care is client-focused, strength–based and humanistic. She listens intently and is sensitive, non-judgmental and compassionate.
Being a therapist is the only thing Vanessa has ever wanted to become since she was a child. As a child, she was innately curious about people and loved to ask questions about what was happening in their lives to help. She feels privileged to be trusted with people’s most private experiences and feelings.
Vanessa has an identical twin, rescues animals and one of her favorite books is ‘I Know This Much Is True’ by Wally Lamb.
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” – Mary Oliver